August 16, 2016

Convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane Will Resign Wednesday

In a simple 4 line press release, convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane Tuesday announced she will resign her position as Attorney General effective Wednesday, August 17.
"I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days," Kane said.
As one commenter put it, “Our long Commonwealth nightmare is over.”
Kane’s resignation comes after a Montgomery County jury Monday evening convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane of all nine charges against her, including 2 counts of perjury (felonies), 2 counts of false swearing, 2 counts of obstruction of justice and 2 counts of conspiracy and 1 count of criminal conspiracy.
After her conviction, Kane's attorney told media she would continue to fight the charges.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 24.  Kane faces three and a half to seven years of prison time on the felony counts.
After her conviction, Gov. Tom Wolf urged her to resign and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) issued a statement also calling on Kane to resign or they threatened to call the Senate back into session to consider her removal.
At about the same time, the House Judiciary Subcommittee charged with investigating Kane’s actions in connection with impeachment proceedings, said Tuesday subpoenas for documents from Kane’s office would be issued “imminently.”
Gov. Wolf now has the opportunity to appointment a replacement for Kane.
In a statement, Wolf said, “What has transpired with Attorney General Kane is unfortunate. Her decision to resign is the right one, and will allow the people of Pennsylvania to finally move on from this situation.
“I have full faith and confidence in the employees of the Office of the Attorney General and know that they will continue to perform its most important functions including protecting consumers and prosecuting criminals.
“Moving forward, I will work with both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate regarding any potential appointment of an Attorney General.”
Bruce Castor, who was recently appointed by Kane to be her First Deputy, will become acting Attorney General until the Governor names a permanent replacement.
Castor is scheduled to hold a press conference at 3:30 TODAY on the functioning of the Attorney General’s Office.  The press conference will be aired live on
Kane is the second of three statewide Pennsylvania office holders elected in 2012 to resign from office due to legal problems.  In January 2015 State Treasurer Rob McCord resigned and then plead guilty to federal campaign finance violations.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is the last man standing.
Swift: GOP Senate Leaders To Kane: Resign Immediately